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2008 Election &Fiscal Policy Richard Falknor on 10 Nov 2008 09:29 pm

“Question B”- A Modest Win for Montgomery Taxpayers?

Last Thursday The Washington Post’s Ann Marimow wrote here in her “Montgomery Measure a Sign of the Times” —

“Whether an anti-tax measure on the ballot in Montgomery County eventually passes or fails, its relative success in Tuesday’s election is a sign of voters’ anxiety and rising unease with the tax policies of county leaders.

The measure, which would make it more difficult to raise the limit on property tax revenue in the traditionally liberal county, was leading by a few hundred votes yesterday. But the final outcome won’t be determined until more than 49,000 absentee and provisional ballots are counted in the next two weeks.”

 Yesterday Maryland Politics Watch declared here

“Just as we predicted, Robin Ficker’s anti-tax charter amendment is picking up votes as the absentee ballots are counted.

When the precinct count was finished, 170,216 votes supported the Ficker Amendment and 169,603 opposed it – a margin of 613. Domestic absentees supported Ficker by 18,214 to 14,673 – adding 3,541 votes to what is now a total margin of 4,154. While precinct voters supported the amendment by a 50.1-49.9% percentage, domestic absentees supported it by 55.4-44.6%.

Ficker is now certain to win.”

Here is the text of Mr. Ficker’s Question B.

Kudos to this mega-county taxpayer advocate for never giving up.  His Charter amendment embodies the spirit of a Taxpayer Bill of Rights:  no government growth in excess of inflation.



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